Testing capacity for COVID-19 has increased in Tulare County and local officials urge residents who work in essential services, individuals who are returning to work in retail businesses, and anyone who believes they may have been exposed to COVID-19 to make an appointment to get tested.
As the COVID-19 pandemic has evolved, area hospitals, local health care providers, Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency, and the California Department of Public Health have increased testing efforts in Tulare County. Those interested in getting tested can visit here for a full list of COVID-19 test collection sites within the county and surrounding areas. The webpage also includes an interactive map to assist residents in finding their nearest testing site location.
OptumServe Community Testing Sites in Tulare County:
—Porterville Veterans Memorial Building, 1900 W. Olive Ave. Both sites are testing by appointment only. Appointments can be made by phone at 1-888-634-1123 and online at https://lhi.care/covidtesting (phone registration will only be used for people without internet access).
Recently, the California Department of Public Health expanded eligibility for COVID-19 testing. Anyone who meets the testing criteria can be tested at an OptumServe community testing site, including essential workers, surveillance testing of asymptomatic persons, uninsured, underinsured, undocumented, homeless, and those returning to work. If an individual has medical insurance, OptumServe will bill the patient’s medical insurance company. Uninsured individuals may also use the community test site, and their tests will be paid for by the state.
By expanding local COVID-19 testing efforts, local public health officials are provided with increased data and community surveillance information to better determine if it is safe for Tulare County to reopen and meet the COVID-19 testing volume metrics outlined by the State of California.
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